Men's Grooming

Five Sideburn Styles

Throughout history, sideburns have helped men to visually express their philosophies of life through the medium of facial hair. While the moustache has drifted in and out of fashion, sideburns have stayed, and the popularity of various sizes and shapes evolve with time. If you feel it’s time to try them out, the success of your sideburns will depend on a few important factors; the thickness of your facial hair, your skills with a good razor, and understanding what message you want to send to the world. So, get the razor primed, and have a look at the ideas for shaping and sculpting your sideburns into masterpieces below.

1. Standard

If sideburns are new for you, ease your way in with straight, moderate-length sideburns that end just above your earlobes. Before shaping the burns with a good sharp razor, comb the facial hair flat and apply beard oil or a moisturising product recommended as by your stylist. Pull the razor straight down, and make sure the length is equal on each side. Be wary, if you have one ear higher than the other (many people do!), then you’ll need to adjust the sideburn length accordingly. With perfectly trimmed edges, a standard sideburn will look great with a suit and collared shirt.

2. Poet

The Beatles sported sideburns in tribute to the historic romantic poets, who penned their love poems by lamplight. After growing out your facial hair for a few weeks, carve your sideburns thick and long, modeling them into a steampunk or ’70s style. John Lennon’s sideburns often ended at the jaw, whereas the Scottish writer Robert Burns angled his thick sideburns forward, scooping them just under the cheekbone. Dress up your retro look with a velvet blazer and faded jeans, and take your notebook to the park for a songwriting session.

3. Strappy

Instead of long and thick, go thin and neat. Strappy sideburns follow the natural angles of the face, are usually tightly clipped, and sometimes end on a curve or sharp angle. As the most modern take on sideburns, strappy burns are the quickest style to achieve because they require only a few days of hair growth. Why not show them off at the weekend with a patterned shirt and denim jacket. If the look works, experiment further by blending them into a short beard. Add a little wax to keep every hair in place.

4. Shaggy

Make it a “Miami Vice” look with shaggy sideburns that are barely distinguishable from the rest of your facial hair. Although shaggy burns express a casual style, their subtlety might be a challenge to maintain. Use a good razor with loose, relaxed strokes on the surrounding hair to subtly shave the burns into the length and width you want, combing the hair in place and using wax or oil as needed. Shaggy sideburns can keep you warm in the winter and look good with a plaid flannel shirt.

5. Rocker

If you’re bold and – more importantly – have the beard to carry it off, shape your sideburns into mutton chops and declare rebellion against the status quo! An effective mutton chop should cover a good portion of the cheek area, emphasise your jawbone, and end near the corners of your lips. Finish the look with a graphic T-shirt or vintage sweater. Your mutton chops will require daily maintenance — clipping, shaping and combing are necessary to keep them looking good.

Sideburns can be created with a sharp razor, an electric razor or a combination of both. Once you have some experience shaping and shaving them, experiment with more styles and try blending them into a beard or moustache. Soon enough, you’ll be identified as “that chap with sideburns,” and that’s nothing but cool.

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Four Reasons to Take up Traditional Wet Shaving

Wet shaving is a one-of-a-kind experience. The sensations of the warm, comforting water and the cool, soothing cream are among life’s simple pleasures.

Certain time-honoured tools are involved in traditional wet shaving, and they include a trusty double-edge razor and some old-fashioned, all-natural cream or soap. It usually incorporates a shaving brush as well, an instrument that can thicken the cream and make it feel even more luxurious. Likewise, aftershave is common with these shaves.

However, in today’s hectic world, many men have never tried a wet shave. Others have given it up in favour of disposable razors or (shudder) electric shaving. But wet shaving offers advantages that perhaps you’ve never stopped to think about. Once you discover or rediscover this method, you might never want to shave any other way again.

1.   Get Smoother Skin

Above all, wet shaving is simply the most effective type of shaving. The hot water softens the hairs, making it easier to dispose of them. Moreover, it triggers your pores to open up, which lets those whiskers fall away more swiftly.

2. Avoid Ingrown Hairs

With wet shaving, you’re less likely to have painful ingrown hairs, which can lead to itchy ingrown hairs. By contrast, electric razors often force hairs back into their follicles, causing them to become ingrown.

3. Reduce Acne

When you use a disposable razor, you probably shave the same spot multiple times. And each time you swipe a patch of skin, you spread your natural oils all over it, which often results in clogged pores and acne.

On the other hand, with a safety razor, you touch each part of your face and neck fewer times. As a consequence, you probably won’t irritate your pores.

4. Pamper Yourself

 

If someone else wet shaves you ? a barber or your significant other, for instance ? it becomes a form of pampering, and you might feel truly energised afterward. Indeed, many European barber shops, salons and spas now offer wet shaves for their clients’ enjoyment. The only trouble is that some customers tend to fall asleep during the shave!

Many people view shaving with an electric or disposable razor as a chore, one more nuisance to get done before going to work, school or a special event. But wet shaving is something else entirely. It’s a process that demands care and attention to detail; some would even deem it an art form. It feels like a ritual, and it can connect us spiritually to earlier generations. In that way, wet shaving can subtly boost your confidence. With an extremely close shave, you’re ready to take on the world.

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